Labor Day Homemade Ice Cream

Summer month’s are the best because my dad makes his famous (to me) homemade ice cream!

Today’s Labor Day flavor: CHOCOLATE BANANA (my personal favorite)

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The best thing about this recipe is it doesn’t take a lot of measuring.  My dad is a genius and has figured out exactly what you need to buy so that you don’t have to use a lot of measuring cups!  VIOLA! less dishes!

This recipe makes A LOT of ice cream.  Our ice cream maker makes gallon and a half of ice cream.  So modify as you see fit.  

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

+ 4eggs

+ 2 1/2 cups sugar

+ 1 Quart & 1 Pint Whipping Cream

+ 2 1/2 tbs. Vanilla extract

+ 1/2 tsp. salt

+ 1 can of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

+ 3-5 Bananas

+ 1 Quart whole milk

+ Ice Cream Maker – We use the Electric White Mountain Ice Cream Maker (ITS THE BEST!)

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STEP 1 

Beat the eggs

STEP 2

Add Sugar to the mixture and mix.

STEP 3

Add Vanilla & Salt to the mixture and mix.

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STEP 5

SMASH THE BANANAS!!  *hint* I use a pastry blender to mush the bananas

STEP 6 

Add smashed bananas to the mixture and mix in.

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STEP 7

Add the HERSHEY’S chocolate syrup to the mixture and mix in.

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STEP 8

Add the whipping cream to the mixture and mix.

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STEP 9

Pour Mixture into Ice Cream Maker container.

STEP 10 

Pour Milk into container with mixture. *hint* I do this last because the whole mixture won’t fit in my kitchen aid.

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STEP 11

Pour ice to the halfway mark of the barrel.  Then pour the salt over the ice.

Pour another Layer of Ice and leave about 3 inches from the top.  Pour salt over this layer of ice.
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STEP 12

Cover the container with ice and fill the barrel to the top.  Pour ice on top.

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*hint* it is important for the ice cream mixture to spin and really mix all the ingredients together well.  Don’t just put the mixture straight from the electric mixer or kitchen aid and freeze it.  It needs to spin!!!!

STEP 13

Remove the dasher after about 30-45 minutes of spinning. If you leave the dasher (spinning part) in the whole time the mixture won’t freeze as well as it should. (my dad always starts singing “Come on Dasher and Dancer and Prancer… etc. when he takes the dasher out)

*hint* use pliers to remove the dasher, it can get heavy and it’s freezing!
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STEP 14 (optional)

After the dasher is removed, line the container lid with tin foil.  *hint* this is to prevent the salt from getting into the ice cream.

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STEP 15

Layer Ice and Salt as you did in step 10.

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STEP 16

Cover the entire thing with all the salt you have left.  Then do the same for Ice.  *hint*  Use the Ice bag to cover the barrel.  This will prevent the ice from freezing and sticking to the insulating blanket.
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STEP 17

Cover the entire barrel with an insulating blanket.  This will help keep it as cold as it needs to be.
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STEP 18

Let the ice cream sit for 1 1/2 – 3 hours depending on the consistency you want. *hint* the bottom of the container is always the most frozen and my favorite part.

ENJOY!

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Downtown Gems

good things about downtown #10

SAPA SUSHI BAR & ASIAN GRILL

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Our good friends in our ward, the Nelsons, are moving 😦 Can’t tell you how sad we are!  We are going to miss them so much! So, we obviously had to have one more Sapa night.

 (Family style of course)

It’s a great value and it’s good.  what more can you ask for?

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You can find Sapa’s MENU here

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NOT PICTURED: the two vegas rolls we scarfed down at the beginning. oops.

My father went to Japan on his LDS mission.  From that i’ve grown a love for Yaki Soba Noodles.  I love them because they have a grilled/crispy texture.  Add chicken to it!! SO GOOD.

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Samurai Roll 

salmon, crab, onion, avocado, cucumber

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Imperial Roll

crab, tempura shrimp, tuna, masago, onion, avocado

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Good things about living downtown #7

Eva’s Bakery

We finally went into Eva’s! (not to be confused with Eva’s Bakery)

It’s a scrumptious Small Plates & Drinks Restaurant. Located at 317 s. main street in Downtown Salt Lake. It’s such a fun place to eat because the portions are perfect and you can share everything family stye.  The whole point is to get a lot of different things and let everyone have a few bites of each.  Overall it was a good time.  The service was great and the food delectable.  The only thing I wasn’t crazy, head over heels in love with was the mac n cheese.  The Oink Oink Oink and Tri Tip were my favorites.  Go try it!

Click Here for other Yelp Reviews of Eva’s

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They have a gorgeous patio area in the back.  It is between to buildings in an alley way.  It gave this cool urban feel to our meal. Hey that rhymed…

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We forgot to take a picture of our first plates before we ate them!!! WE WERE STARVING.

-Slow Roasted Tri-Tip bruschetta-

-French Fries w/ Parmesean and Rosemary-

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Second Plates:

-Baked Greek Mac & Cheese-

-Oink Oink Oink– Pork Belly, Pork Loin, and BACON-

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had a great time! Thank You Eva’s!!!

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Good things about living downtown #6

HIRES BIG H

If you ask me where I would like to go for dessert…  I will say Hires.  You know why?

ROOT BEER FLOAT/FREEZE

in the words of Annie Wadsworth “Root Beer Floats are my M.O.”  Is there anything better than a chilled glass mug full of specially made root beer and soft ice cream.  Also what’s a shake without fries?  (fry sauce, fry sauce, fry sauce)  It was so fun to share the Big H with our friends Rachel and Matt who had never had it.

Rachel’s Pick: Chocolate Banana

Matt’s Pick: Strawberry Banana

Chris’ Pick: Oreo Banana

lots of banana.

Another perk of Hires is the fact that you can have a somewhat drive-in experience.  Flash your lights in the parking lot and enjoy window service.

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for Oreo lovers and the likes

you have been warned.
these are addictive and delicious.
share them.
 
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Makes about 20 cookies.
Cooking time: 13-15 minutes.
ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package Double Stuff Oreo cookies
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with a mixer until well combined. Then, beat in eggs and vanilla.
In medium bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients with the wet ones slowly.
Stir in chocolate chips.
With a cookie scoop, form balls with the dough.
Place one ball on top of an Oreo cookie, and another ball on the bottom. Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo cookie is fully enclosed with dough.
Place onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake cookies for approximately 13 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Downtown Gems

Good things about living downtown #4

Copper OnionIMG_2885Broadway is such a great street!  So many fun and exciting shops and restaurants reside there. The Copper Onion is an American restaurant that serves some classic dishes with a modern twist.

I got the Wagyu Beef Stroganoff.  My mom used to always make beef stroganoff at home and it has become one of my favorites.  The Copper Onion’s take on it was rich and creamy and the beef was tender and full of flavor. (writing this is making my mouth water)

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Chris got the House Meatloaf.  Whenever I hear meatloaf I usually run and hide.  It’s not my favorite meal in the world.  However, this meatloaf had the perfect combonation of amazing ranch beef, pork, and lamb.  Needless to say Chris was thrilled!

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Be prepared to talk loud! This hip joint is bustling with life and at times it was hard to hear each other and even our server.

We had great service and they even had Gingerale, the best, most underrated soda!

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Good things about living downtown #3

Local Burger Places

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As many of you all know I am a burger connoisseur.  Very few things can make me happier than a burger with bacon, onions, lots of lettuce, and a butter bun with a side of fries (w/ fry sauce, lots of fry sauce.)

Luckily, California Burgers & Deli is only seconds from our apartment.  It’s located at 306 N 300 W SLC, UT.  It has all kinds of sandwiches, shakes, and my personal fave, Onion Rings!!!  They are locally owned and operated and give great service and a fair price.  Try them out y’all!

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Good things about living downtown #2

Hotel Dining

The Little America is a great way to have a fun old fashioned dining experience for an OK price.  Mostly I just come for the rolls (freakin’ delicious) and the ice cream at the end.  But nevertheless, Chris loves their Southwest style Omelet and pretty much licked his plate clean.  It’s always fun when you’re being served by a server who is in a dainty yellow uniform.  Get some grub there!

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yum

tried out another Pinterest recipe…
Spinach Mozzarella Quesadilla
 
You will need:
1 Flour or Whole Wheat Tortilla
1 Stick of String Cheese
1/2 cup Fresh Spinach
1/4 tsp. Olive Oil
Sea Salt
String the cheese into thin pieces
and place them on half of the tortilla
Place spinach on the same half of the tortilla
Coat pan with oil and turn on heat to medium.
Cook tortilla until cheese is melted
and tortilla is lightly browned.
ENJOY!!!

quench yo thirst y’all

This drink is super simple yet, could not be more refreshing and delicious.  Tried the drink with a few cousins of mine and it  was a total hit.
Cucumber Limeade
what you will need:
1 bag of ice (get the small cubes if you can)
1 cucumber
1 12 oz. can limeade
1 2 liter bottle of Diet Sprite or 7up (HAS TO BE DIET)
Regular Sprite is too sugary and overpowers the cucumber flavor. The cucumber flavor is very subtle and refreshing so vegetable haters shouldn’t be too wary.
Begin by slicing the cucumber into small thin circles.  If you like you may peel the cucumber however, I didn’t find it necessary.  I found it easier to stir the limeade and the Die Sprite in a separate pitcher.  Pour bag of ice into a punch bowl. Layer the sliced cucumbers on top.  Then pour the contents of the pitcher into the punch bowl and let the flavors marinate for a few minutes.  Stir and Serve.